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Energy & Commerce Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Impact of Health Care Reform Law on Large Employers

Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak today announced that the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on April 21, 2010, regarding claims by Caterpillar, Verizon, and Deere that provisions in the new health care reform law could adversely affect their company’s ability to provide health insurance to their employees.  These assertions appear to conflict with independent analyses, which show that the new law will expand coverage and bring down costs.

Chairman Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Stupak sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officers of Caterpillar, Verizon, Deere and others requesting their testimony at the hearing as well as information and documentation from each company on the law’s projected impact.

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via Energy & Commerce Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Impact of Health Care Reform Law on Large Employers.

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Letter to Congressman Brad Ellsworth D-IN 8th District

Below is a letter that was written by a friend of mine to Congressman Brad Ellsworth, one of the faux life congressmen who, like Bart Stupak, abandoned his principles and voted for the healthcare monstrosity.

Mr. Ellsworth is now running for the Senate seat currently held by Evan Bayh.  It is rumored that in return for Mr. Ellsworth’s AYE vote, he will now be receiving $1 million dollars from the DNC for his senate bid.

Mr. Ellsworth

This past Sunday you chose to vote for a Health Care reform bill that the majority of people in America and Indiana did not want.  This bill brings the worst of the Federal Government by mandating that all Americans purchase healthcare insurance or face a penalty of fines or even worse JAIL time for those who fail to comply.  In order to police this policy it will be the Internal Revenue Service’s job to ensure compliance with the mandate.  All this violates the Article 1 Section 8 of the United States Constitution which gives the United States Congress its powers.  Nothing contained therein states anything about Congress having the power to mandate the people to buy health care coverage.  The commerce clause in Article 1 Section 8 only applies to government regulating trade between states not commerce between states.  The fact that you and those whom you agree with seems to twist and bend the constitution to fit your perverse thinking is not only against the constitution but it violates your oath as a public official to defend and support the constitution.  And all of this just so you can seek a senate seat left vacant by retiring Senator Evan Bayh who also violated the same oath of office.

Now according to your page on project vote smart you took a political courage test in which you state “I am pro-life. I believe life begins at conception, and we should value and protect it at every stage. I also support legislation that helps us reach the common goal of reducing the number of abortions through prevention of unintended pregnancies and by providing resources for pregnant women.”  This position differs greatly according to how you have voted on the health care legislation.  This bill allows funding of abortions even though the President signed an executive order trying to appease one of your colleagues Congressman Bart Stupak.  An Executive Order only has a force of law as it relates to the executive branch.  But you switched your vote to yes before that was even an option.  So not only did you lie on your political courage test but you once again proved that you are not a conservative democrat but a liberal democrat who lies about his moral standing on issues.

Also how could you support a bill that had special deals for other states such as Louisiana, Nebraska, and Florida?  All those deals do not benefit Hoosiers or America yet you expect the deals to be removed by the Senate using reconciliation.  It seems your trust that the Senate will do the “right thing” and fix this bill is your biggest blunder.  If the bill needed to be fixed why vote for it n the first place??? There seems to be no logical reasons for your actions to approve this bill.

Your office has told me that you would rather have this imperfect bill then to do nothing at all.  It seems to me that you are misguided blinded by the fact that you would like to serve in the Senate so you chose to vote along party lines to gain the support of the President who has only a 46 percent approval rating and Congressional Democrats how run congress now are looking at around 16 percent according to the Gallup poll.  It seems you might have left out a few people whom really matter when deciding to cast your vote.  The people of Indiana opposed the passage of this bill by a 65-35 margin according to Rasmussen.  So it seems you have become a lapdog for the politics as usual crowd in Washington DC.

As a veteran of the United States of America Army I am appalled that you would support this bill that will end up allowing people to get care at the Veteran Administration Clinics.  Those clinics are sacred ground, only people who served this country have the right to step foot in those clinics. This bill, although it does not state that people can be seen at VA clinics, will cause an overwhelming amount of people to have to go somewhere since there will be a complete lack of doctors available to the general public. Where else could someone go to get care from the government the VA clinics seems to be a logical choice?  Now if this is allowed to happen there will be uproar by the American public and veterans alike.  And it is also interesting that the Veterans of Foreign Wars was so opposed to this bill.  The VFW does not get involved in issues unless a real threat to Veterans’ rights.  So can you explain why the VFW was so opposed to your bill?? I can, the integrity of Tri-Care was not guaranteed in the bill, which is a slap in the face to all Veterans. So do you really respect all veterans or do you support them only when it is politically convenient for you??

I might not be an economics major but I cannot fathom how you think that covering 32 million more Americans, some of whom have expensive ailments, will bring down the deficit.  I honestly do not care what the Congressional Budget Office says;  it does not make any sense unless we conduct rationing of Health Care to seniors.  This bill will obviously ration care to Seniors by cutting 500 billion dollars in Medicare. You then go on to tax the very people who are responsible for creating jobs in America, what sense does that make? That was the whole goal of this Health Care bill anyways to have an excuse to get the “rich” in this country to pay higher taxes.  The whole goal of this Health Care bill was yet another excuse to get the ‘rich’ in this country to pay higher taxes.  However, it seems that the amount of deficit accumulated under the Democratically controlled Congress and President Obama, who are exponentially increasing the debt, believe that $250,000 is actually ‘rich’.  Each taxpayer will now owe almost $100,000 if we were to ever pay of the National Debt completely.

I also do not understand why you and your democratic colleagues think that you have any right to legislate morality to the American people.  All I kept hearing from you is how it is my moral responsibility to take care of my fellow Americans’.  Where in the Constitution does it state that I have a moral responsibility to pay for my fellow Americans Health Care?  If I am wrong, tell me which Philosopher states that I have a moral responsibility.  According to Philosopher John Locke I have a right to defend my “life, liberty, or possessions”,  all of which are going to be taken from me due to the passage of this bill.  We base a lot of how our government is supposed to run on Locke’s theories.  Locke, approved of the separation of governmental powers.  He is also credited with influencing our Founding Fathers to write the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  The only people I have a moral responsibility to take care of is my two children and my family.  I also have a duty to my Country and my God, duties you have turned your back to and it is sad really congressman.

I am person who comes to you an independent voter who has a pre-existing condition and I DID NOT want this bill because of the burden it would place on the job creators of America.  You and your colleagues seem fit to tax the heck out of people like my dad who left Fort Wayne, IN when he was young with no more than 20 dollars in his pocket and moved to Flint, MI where he worked his way up and was a manager at General Motors.  He is the story of the American Dream a dream that no longer exists thanks to you and the Democratic Party.  You might be asking yourself why did I say the dream does not exists anymore?? You the Democratic Party has a world view that places the Government as the solution to every problem.  It wants people to depend on the Government for everything therefore making the American dream null in void.  And you have contributed to this philosophy and thinking.  I want people who work hard for a living to be rewarded for their work.  I do not want the rewards of their hard work to be given back to the Government as a penalty FOR their hard work, but that is where we differ Congressman.

Your time in congress has been mired by a total lack of leadership on your part and now it is recorded in history that you lack the political courage to vote on your principles.  Since you have casted this vote we all can see that you voted with Nancy Pelosi on this bill and not with the people you represent.  I hope that you sleep well tonight knowing that you screwed the American people.

Now knowing you feel the need to run for the Senate seat vacated by Senator Evan Bayh it is my duty to inform you that I will be using every tool in my arsenal to ensure you are defeated in 2010.  I know that I will have to work hard and this will not be the only letter I will write to you or about you.  Since you have betrayed the American people’s trust I will spend a lot of time and effort telling the people of the United States of America how you sold your vote for Democratic support in the November elections.

One more thing I plan on going through EVERY vote you have casted, EVERY donation you have accepted, EVERY earmark you have sought to obtain, and EVERY political speech you have made to write a more extensive paper on you.  Because in November you are coming back to Evansville a defeated politician.

God Bless America,

Patrick M. Blumer

Letter to Congressman Brad Ellsworth D-IN 8th District « Rantings of a former Arctic Paratrooper.

Please visit Patrick’s blog – “Rantings of a former Arctic Paratrooper”- at the link above

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Forty words to repeal 2,400 pages

Republican Rep. Steve King has filed a bill to repeal Obamacare. This is its entire text:

Effective as of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, such Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted.

via Forty words to repeal 2,400 pages | Washington Examiner.

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Healthcare Just a Costly Legacy Booster?? –>Best Letter to the Editor EVER!

EDITOR,

On July 30, 1965, at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Mo., President Lyndon Baines Johnson handed former President Harry S. Truman the very first Medicare card ever issued to a U.S. citizen. A few seconds earlier, Johnson had signed the Medicare Bill, America’s newest entitlement program.

The Congressional Budget Office projected that Medicare would cost American taxpayers $12 billion annually by 1980. In 1980, Medicare cost taxpayers $110 billion, almost 10 times the projection of the CBO. In 2009, the Medicare entitlement cost taxpayers $418 billion.

The CBO calculates costs based on the assumptions given by the proponents of the bill. In other words, the rosiest of the scenarios is given by the CBO. The costs are slanted by the group advocating the bill.

There is only one consistency with the CBO: When it comes to CBO projected costs on an entitlement, the CBO is consistently wrong. On cost projections, I always take the CBO numbers and triple them. History proves that a multiple of 3 is a very conservative guess when it comes to entitlements.

The CBO projects President Obama’s health care proposal will cost $940 billion over 10 years. This cost assumes a $500 billion cut in Medicare. When was the last time the government cut cost on anything?

For the Americans who will actually work and pay taxes for this boat anchor, we will begin paying immediately for a so-called benefit that we won’t see until after Obama leaves office. Then, when the program actually begins, our health care premiums will cost more than a privatized health care plan.

Just remember Tracy residents, Obama told Joe the Plumber we must “spread the wealth around a little.” This is all part of that grand plan.

However, the scariest part of this whole process is the complete subversion of the U.S. Constitution the Democrats are planning in order to get this bill passed. Yellow-bellied Democrats who do not want their names on this travesty want to “deem the bill to have passed” when voting on proposed changes to the Senate health care bill. This is the trickery of cowards, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who do not want to go on record as voting “Yea” on the bill.

Article 1, Section 7, of the U.S. Constitution states “All bills which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate shall … be determined by the Yeas and Nays, and the names of the persons voting for and against the bill shall be entered on the journal of each house respectively.”

In President Obama’s recent interview on the Fox News Channel, Obama stated he does not care about the process used to get this bill passed. He just wants his health care bill to sign into law. The president was very specific about calling this “his” health care bill.

President Obama is really telling us he could care less about the U.S. Constitution. He just wants his legacy to show that he rammed health care down America’s throat.

via Tracy Press – Your Voice Health care just a costly legacy booster.

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Paul Ryan at his best! Remarks on House Floor in opposition of Majority’s Health Care Bill

In case you missed Paul Ryan in all his awesomeness on the house floor yesterday, here it is…

YouTube – Paul Ryan: Remarks on House Floor in opposition of Majority’s Health Care Bill.

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New Taxes for Health Care Help Obama ‘Spread the Wealth Around’

It snowed here in Texas over the weekend – must have been a precursor to HELL FREEZING OVER.  The following is from BLOOMBERG.  To quote Bill Engvall “THERE’S YOUR SIGN”

I must say that it is disturbing how “matter of fact” this article is.

President Barack Obama said on the campaign trail in October 2008 that he wanted to “spread the wealth around.” With Obama on the verge of signing sweeping health-care overhaul legislation, he’s about to do just that.

High-income investors would pay higher Medicare taxes, tax breaks for out-of-pocket medical deductions would be curtailed, and it would cost insurance companies more to pay executives millions of dollars. Those levies will help fund expansion of Medicaid services for the poor and subsidize health insurance to cover millions who don’t currently have benefits.

“It’s very clear that taxes are levied on the wealthy and the benefits will spread across the entire income distribution, with a lot going to expanded Medicaid distribution and expanding health insurance,” said Roberton Williams, an economist at the Tax Policy Center, a Washington research institute backed by the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. “One couldn’t claim he didn’t keep that promise” to “spread the wealth around.”

In all, the bill would generate $409.2 billion in additional taxes by 2019, according to an analysis by the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan agency. The bill also imposes about $69 billion more in penalties for individuals and businesses who don’t meet mandates to buy insurance, according to theCongressional Budget Office, another nonpartisan agency.

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE – New Taxes for Health Care Help Obama ‘Spread the Wealth Around’ – Bloomberg.com.

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Breaking: “Fix” Bill May Not Advance In Senate

Breaking: “Fix” Bill May Not Advance In Senate

Senate Democrats Refuse Bi-partisan Meeting With Parliamentarian Until After House Votes

Senate Democrats have balked at a bi-partisan meeting with the Senate Parliamentarian to discuss a rule violation that could doom the entire House reconciliation proposal.

DON STEWART, McCONNELL SPOKESMAN: “Republicans have been trying to set up a meeting with Senate Democrats since yesterday to discuss this fatal point of order but have been met with nothing but silence. We suspect Democrats are slow walking us so as to have the House vote first. Since Senate Democrats refuse to meet with us and the Parliamentarian, we’ve informed our colleagues in the House that we believe the bill they’re now considering violates the clear language of Section 310g of the Congressional Budget Act, and the entire reconciliation bill is subject to a point of order and rejection in the Senate should it pass the House.”

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DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP RELEASE: “The Congressional Budget Office estimate of the health care legislation shows an increase in Social Security revenues… CBO projects that the resulting increase in wages will generate $29 billion in additional FICA contributions to the Social Security Trust Fund.”(“Health Care Reform Update,” Office of Rep. Steny Hoyer, 3/21/10)

CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT: “LIMITATION ON CHANGES TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any reconciliation bill or reconciliation resolution reported pursuant to a concurrent resolution on the budget agreed to under section 301 or 304, or a joint resolution pursuant to section 258C of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, or any amendment thereto or conference report thereon, that contains recommendations with respect to the old-age, survivors, and disability insurance program established under title II of the Social Security Act.”(Congressional Budget Act Of 1974, Sec. 310g, P. 31)

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